AfroFuturism is a genre and a movement. It is science fiction and it is reality. It is past and it is future.
It is our time.
This book club series, guided by Tyree Boyd-Pates (CAAM, TedxCrenshaw, Black Book LA), will explore AfroFuturism, focusing on newer titles. These are discussions, not lectures, so come prepared with your insights and questions.
First up, Freshwater from Akwaeke Emezi. This novel about identity, with a touch of autobiography, is the story of a Nigerian woman in North Carolina and the ogbanje spirits that are more than mere voices in her head.
The book is included in the price of your ticket (which you can get right here), plus snacks and bevs. We’ll be tucked into our club nook, in the heart of our labyrinth.
Tyree Boyd-Pates is a history curator, professor, writer, speaker, and influencer, with a passion for Black history, social justice, and community organizing. Boyd-Pates received his Master’s Degree in Africana Studies with an emphasis in Religion from Temple University. An avid lover and proponent of Black culture and digital engagement, Tyree founded his own radio show, The Corner, and launched his blog, TyreeBP.com, fusing his love for race, faith, culture, and politics.
Tyree Boyd-Pates has worked as a professor at California State University Dominguez Hills and Pacific Oaks College. He has written for publications, such as The Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine, Fusion and has been featured in the LA Times, Ebony Magazine, and more. He recently delivered a TED Talk at TEDxCrenshaw on Black Male Achievement and serves as a mentor for young men of color with the California Endowment’s Brother, Sons, Selves initiative.
Tyree is currently the History Curator and Program Manager for the California African American Museum, where he recently opened No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992 – an in-depth exploration of the historical events that led up to the 1992 LA Uprising. He’s also the co-founder of the start-up Black Book LA.